Original General Lee car sold at auction

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The original "General Lee" from the "Dukes of Hazzard" television show was recently sold at auction. Photo Credit: Erik914u2/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

The television series “Dukes of Hazzard” featured an orange 1969 Dodge Charger, which was called the “General Lee” by the main characters. The car has become iconic, and the original car from the series was recently sold at auction.

Purchased by a guy named Bubba

The “Dukes of Hazzard” television show has become something of a pop culture icon in the years since the show originally aired. It ran from 1979 to 1983, according to the Daily Mail, and featured the zany adventures of two cousins — Bo and Luke Duke — from the backwoods of Georgia and their uncle Jessie and other cousin Daisy. Catherine Bach, who played Daisy, often wore very short cut-off shorts, hence the term “Daisy Dukes.” Voiceover narration and the theme song were by country music legend Waylon Jennings.

The boys would evade the character Sheriff Roscoe, the henchman of local tycoon Boss Hogg, in an orange 1969 Dodge Charger, the “General Lee.” The car has become an icon, and the original General Lee, the one seen in the TV show’s intro, was recently sold at auction to a man named Bubba.

[The modern Charger can be found at Miller Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep in Springfield Pa.]

Bubba from the PGA tour

The buyer was Bubba Watson, PGA golfer, who bought the car at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale for $110,000, according to Business Insider.

The car has had a rough life, according to the Daily Mail. After it was wrecked during use as a stunt car on the show in 1978, it sat around gathering rust for 23 years in a junkyard. However, after a painstaking 16-month renovation, the original General Lee was brought back to life and put up for auction.

A replica of the original was made several years ago for actor John Schneider, who starred in the TV series as Luke Duke, according to Fox News. That car was auctioned off for $450,000, much more than the original car recently was sold for.

Icon of film and TV cars

The 69 Charger is one of the all-time classic muscle cars, but the orange paint and the Confederate flag emblem on the roof are what distinguish the General Lee.

Other famous film and television cars have commanded far more at auction. One of the seven DeLoreans modified for the “Back to the Future” films, according to the Huffington Post, went for $541,000 in late December 2011. An Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond film “Goldfinger,” according to the New York Times, was auctioned in 2010 for $4.6 million.


Daily Mail

Business Insider

Fox News

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/delorean-sells-for-541k-back-to-the-future_n_1171549.html

New York Times: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/28/james-bond-aston-martin-db5-sells-for-4-6-million/

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